General Education Assessment

CCBC’s General Education Program introduces students to a variety of disciplines that build a common foundation of knowledge that promotes responsibility, critical thinking, and lifelong independent learning.

General Education courses prepare students to meet the personal, academic and career challenges of today and tomorrow as empowered citizens of a global society.

The General Education Review Board

(GERB) has designed a comprehensive assessment plan that includes internal measures that assess CCBC's stated General Education Outcomes using faculty designed assessments termed Common Graded Assignments (CGAs).

Faculty teams known as General Education Assessment Teams (GrEATs) collaboratively design assessments which are assigned to all sections of a course and serve to assess the proficiency of students on CCBC’s stated General Education Outcomes. Assignments are evaluated by faculty and statistically analyzed on a regular cycle.  Faculty then use these results to implement various strategies in the classroom to further develop student outcomes in a system of continuous improvement. 

General Education Outcomes

  • Written and Oral Communication/Signed: The ability to effectively express ideas in written, oral, and/or signed communication for a variety of audiences and situations, including active listening, the creation of well-organized messages, and critical analysis of others’ messages. 
  • Critical Analysis and Reasoning: The ability to evaluate information by identifying the main concept, point of view, implications, and assumptions in order to come to well-reasoned conclusions and solutions, testing them against relevant criteria and standards.    
  • Technological Competence: The ability to use contemporary technology to solve problems, validate information, and to meet challenges as a member of an evolving technological society. 
  • Information Literacy: The ability to identify, find, and evaluate appropriate resources for research as well as incorporate the information effectively and ethically for lifelong educational, professional and personal use. 
  • Scientific and Quantitative or Logical Reasoning: The ability to apply basic mathematical, scientific, and/or logical concepts and theories to analyze data, solve problems, and make decisions.
  • Local and Global Diversity: The ability to use knowledge and skills effectively in dynamic, evolving multicultural environments to address the challenges in building just, equitable, and productive communities and societies. 
  • Personal and Professional Ethics: The ability to identify, examine, evaluate, and resolve personal and professional ethical issues and their ramifications using a variety of ethical perspectives and problem-solving approaches.